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Zero-emission shipping meets high-level sports

MARIN’s research work in Wind (Assisted) Ship Propulsion and our mission to make ships cleaner, safer and smarter is all coming into play as we assist team AkzoNobel with their Volvo Ocean Race challenge.

Rogier Eggers & Erik-Jan de Ridder

example was the support for the Australia II team that was the first non-US team to win the Americas Cup. Another more recent ex- ample is the ABN AMRO team winning the Volvo Ocean Race when canting keel boats were first introduced. Now the AkzoNobel team, skippered by Simeon Tienpont, has approached MARIN to support them as they enter the Volvo Ocean Race.


ver the years MARIN has had some very successful involvement with racing sailing yachts. One

This time, the research fits in a different context and involves our work in Wind (Assisted) Ship Propulsion (WASP). It supports our long-term objective for “cleaner” ships and the development of zero-emission shipping, not only for sailing yachts but for merchant ships as well.

A specific field of research that receives relatively little attention, both in wind-as- sisted cargo ships and sailing yachts, is the impact of real operational conditions in



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